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Burgas archeologist presents interesting data from survey in Obzor this Saturday at the Burgas Museum
Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019 - Global

Until the middle of the last century in Obzor above the surface there were still visible remains of the majestic walls of a late antique fortress. Unfortunately, as in many other places in Bulgaria, in a very short time these certificates of the glorious past of the settlements were not only leveled with the ground, but because of the new construction were completely erased. This clearly shows the difference between the real reality and the proclaimed Bulgarian patriotism, which should include the care of the cultural and historical heritage as a source of national pride.

In recent years in Obzor there has been a trend of strong cooperation between the mayoralty and the Museum of Ancient Nessebar. The newly discovered archeological sites are announced in a timely manner in order to carry out the necessary research, funded by the Municipality of Nessebar. As a result, little by little the traces of the former grandeur of this fortress, which was part of the great barrier in the Eastern Balkan Mountains, built by the Eastern Roman Empire to resist the invading northeast invaders, are beginning to be revealed. Among them were our ancestors, who took over these territories to create the glorious Bulgarian medieval state. What are the latest discoveries - you will find out from the museum lecture organized by the Regional History Museum Burgas and presented by archaeologist Konstantin Gospodinov.

The traditional lecture of the Burgas Museum will be held this Saturday, November 23, at 11:30 am at the Ethnographic Exposition at 69 Slavyanska St. (behind St. Cyril and St. Methodius Church). The entrance fee is preferential - for adults 2 BGN, and for students and pensioners - 1 BGN.

What rituals have accompanied the traditional Bulgarian wedding - this Saturday in the Burgas museum
Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 - Ethnographical Museum

On the eve of November 21 - Christian Family Day, the theme of the Saturday lecture at the Burgas Museum will be "The Family in the Folk Tradition". The guide in the Ethnographic Exposition Polina Ivanova will tell how the traditional Bulgarian wedding in the beginning of the 20th century went - from the wedding in the engagement period to the very climax. The preparation for the wedding began a week earlier and was related to various rituals that are not performed today - preparing several kinds of festive buns, performing the rituals of "sowing" and "grinding the bulgur", decorating wedding banners.

Welcome on November 16, 2019 from 11.30 am at the Ethnographic Museum on 69 Slavyanska St. We are looking forward to seeing you!
The entrance fee is preferential - for adults 2 BGN, and for students and pensioners - 1 BGN.

Bones of bison, camel and turu were discovered during the excavations at Rusokastro Castle in 2019
Friday, 08 Nov 2019 - Archeological Museum

Camels strolled between the walls of the Rusokastro fortress during the Middle Ages. This is clear from the prepared report on the animal bones discovered during the excavations in 2019. The author of the study is Burgas zoologist Dr. Georgi Ribarov.
In addition to the bones from tur, or wild cattle, which were discovered in 2017, the remains of a European bison, also known as European bison, were found this summer. It reaches a weight of more than 1 tonne and a length of more than 3 m.

Particularly important are the remains of a camel found, probably in the back. So far from the Middle Ages, only the remains of the Tuida fortress near the present-day town of Sliven are known from Bulgaria. From the Roman and Late Antiquity, camel bones were found only in Kabile, near the present day Yambol, and Nikopolis ad Istrum, up to the present day Veliko Tarnovo. According to Dr. Ribarov, the open camel bone in Rusokastro shows the importance of the medieval city as a trading center, since in the Middle Ages camels were used only for caravan trade and, more rarely, for traveling circuses.

Wild mammals have discovered red deer, fallow deer, jackal, fox, wild goat, wolf, wild boar, wild rabbit. Remains of the wild goat are important - a species that inhabits the high parts of the mountains and is particularly difficult to hunt.
Wild birds have discovered bones of colchid pheasant, partridge, keclik, large droplet, gray crane, swan, black-footed diver, duck bats, rock pigeon, great white heron, common mussel. The hawk bones probably have to be associated with raising them as animals that the nobles hunted.
Domestic mammals are represented by domestic pig, sheep, goat, horse, donkey, cutter, mule, dog, cat, cattle, buffalo. Most are bones from domestic pigs, followed by those from sheep and goats. Poultry are represented by hen, duck, goose. Chicken bones dominate, and sensitively.

Of particular interest are the remains of aquatic inhabitants. Among the marine species are sturgeon and palamud, the latter reaching 2.5-3 kg. In addition, shells of peacock, green sea crab and four species of sea shells were found.
Freshwater inhabitants have documented caracuda, carp, catfish, whitefish, freshwater mussels. Remains of two types of terrestrial tortoises have been found and consumed baked with the shells.

The analysis of the results of the study made a great contribution to the restoration of the natural environment in which medieval people lived. It is strong to note that in 2019, 32.2% of open bones are from wild animals - that is, one third of the castle's meat diet is from game.
The excavations of Rusokastro Castle are carried out by the Regional Museum of History - Burgas and are funded by the Municipality of Kameno and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The museum lecture on 9 November is dedicated to archaeological research in the Strandzha Mountain
Tuesday, 05 Nov 2019 - Archeological Museum

During the Saturday's lecture at the Burgas museum, the archaeologist Yoto Yotov will present observations and interpretations on the history and archeology of East Strandzha during the Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Due to the much lower level of study, the focus of the study is on the interior of the East Strandzha, whose historical past remains poorly researched, so that any attempt to clarify it is significant and could be useful for future research.



Burgas Museum with a special award from the European cultural and Tourism Network ECTN
Saturday, 02 Nov 2019 - Global

Regional historical museum Burgas received the Special Award by the Jury of the European Cultural and Tourism Network (ECTN) for its project "Aquae calidae - Favorite Baths of Emperors, tsars and sultans".

ECTN organizes the awards annually and this year's ceremony took place in Granada during the final meeting of the CHRISTA Interreg Europe project.

In 2019, 55 applications were received in 8 categories from 19 countries. The jury is represented by organizations such as Europa Nostra, European Travel Commission and NECSTouR.


Association "Bulgarian Museums" actively participated in the work of the international conference "Act for heritage"
Saturday, 02 Nov 2019 - Global

From October 24-26, 2019, the international conference "Act for heritage" was held in Nicosia, Cyprus. It was organized by the Council of Europe and aimed to present the latest data on the cultural heritage threat related to the wars in Iraq and Syria, trafficking and the illegal market for cultural valuables. The Republic of Bulgaria was represented by Alexander Traikov, Director of the IOCN Directorate at the Ministry of Culture, and Maria Todorova, Head of the DCN Department in the same Directorate.

The third member of the delegation was the representative of the Bulgarian Museums Association Dr. Milen Nikolov, director of the Regional historical museum - Burgas and chairman of the Control Committee of the Association.

The four modules of the conference developed plans aimed at minimizing the trafficking and destruction of cultural monuments, especially those threatened by hostilities and treasure hunts.

Some of the proposals of the Bulgarian Museums Association have been accepted and have become a reference point in the final document, which will formally represent the Council of Europe's position regarding the protection of cultural values. There was also an urgent need to sign the Nicosia Convention, presented in 2017 as a document that protects the cultural heritage to the fullest.

Phenomena sealed by aerial photographs are being interpreted this Saturday at the Ethnographic Museum
Wednesday, 30 Oct 2019 - Ethnographical Museum

The Saturday lecture at the Burgas Museum on November 2 is dedicated to people who like to search for the unusual, the inexplicable in their lives, they want to believe in miracles. Phenomena or Phenomena - bird's eye views and the secrets they reveal will present aerial photos showing interesting objects with information about them. Visitors will be able to see images of shapes of different shapes on large areas of the earth's surface, woodland with unusual views, rock formations, natural sites and impressive environmental changes caused by various explanatory but also unclear impacts.

The author of the lecture, Tatyana Baikusheva, will try to clarify whether what some may call unusual in these photos is caused by natural phenomena and normal human activity. The traditional lecture of the Burgas Museum will be held this Saturday, November 2, at 11:30 am at the Ethnographic Exposition at 69 Slavyanska St. (behind St. Cyril and St. Methodius Church). The entrance fee is preferential - for adults 2 BGN, and for students and pensioners - 1 BGN.

A traveling exhibition presents "The First Bulgarian Photographers" in Burgas
Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019 - Historical Museum

What is svetlopis and who are the first Bulgarian photographers, is presented by a guest exhibition at the Historical Museum of Burgas (31 Lermontov Str.) Its official opening will be from 5:30 pm on October 30th.
 
The exhibition is a work of the Samokov Museum and was created in connection with the 150th anniversary of Bulgarian photography. This art, associated with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, appeared in Bulgaria at the beginning of the 1860s in the town of Samokov. The history of Bulgarian photography begins with the names of Anastas Karastoyanov and his sons Ivan and Dimitar, Ivan Dospevski, Xenophon Smrikarov, Dimitar Germanski and Peter Hadzhimitov. They are court and military photographers, work in Samokov and Sofia studios, train their followers and set up a school - next to cinema and television operators.

The documentary exhibition "The First Bulgarian Photographers" is in retro style. The old photographs collected in it are loaded with a lot of history about family and collective memory, during the period of modernization and transformation in the private and public life of the native society immediately before and after the Liberation. The author of the exhibition is Nevena Mitreva from the Museum of History - Samokov, photographic processing - Andrey Domishlyarov.

The movie "The Camp Trickery" awakens the memory of the sad fate of the Bulgarians after the wars
Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 - Historical Museum



Regional historical museum Burgas will present the documentary "The Trickery Camp" from 18:00 h. on October 18 (Friday), at the Writer's House (1 Vola Str.) The tape revives the memory of a tragedy that remained hidden to most Bulgarians because of the political changes that followed the wars. The film was made on the idea of ​​the historian Georgi Drakaliev by a team of Burgas operators and journalists.

In June 1913 the tragic for Bulgaria, the Allied War broke out. In it, our country is fighting against its former allies Greece and Serbia. Bulgaria is losing the war as it is being attacked by all countries. As a result, many lands were torn off, including Macedonia, where terror over everything Bulgarian began in order to be bitten or tarnished. After this national catastrophe and the many personal and mass tragedies, one story remains completely forgotten for generations - the story of the first concentration camp in Europe. It was created by the Greeks on the deserted island of Trikeri in the bay of Volos in June 1913. Bulgarian teachers, priests, writers, village and city leaders from the occupied Greece part of Macedonia, as well as captured soldiers from the Bulgarian garrison in Thessaloniki are arrested and imprisoned there - about 7,000 people, and maybe many more. As a result of starvation and disease, thousands of innocent Bulgarians die there, and the survivors return as walking skeletons.

The author of the movie "The Camp Trickers" - the Burgas public figure Georgi Drakaliev is a descendant of one of the Bulgarian priests who died on the island. The footage was filmed on the island itself with brief interviews by locals. For the same purpose, the Palamida Fortress in the ancient capital of Greece, Navplio, was visited, where Bulgarian officers were imprisoned in those tragic days. The story is told only through the stories of witnesses and participants in the events recorded in the books "The Bartholomew Night in Thessaloniki and the Heroic Defense of the Bulgarian Troops", "The Bulgarian garrison in Thessaloniki in 1913 (memories)" and "Trikeri's Tombs".

Aquae Calidae was presented at the European Week of Regions and Cities
Monday, 14 Oct 2019 - Global

Aquae Calidae was presented at the European Week of Regions and Cities on 9 October on the occasion of the successful completion of the project "TOGETHER: Common cultural and historical heritage beyond the borders", financed by the Interreg Cross-border Cooperation Program IPA Bulgaria - Turkey 2014-2020. The module "Europe beyond billboards", held in Brussels, presented the results of cross-border projects with European funding.

The only project in the field of tourism presented at the European Forum was the implemented in Aquae Calidae during the past 2 years by the Regional History Museum - Burgas, in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Culture and Tourism - Kırklareli, Turkey. The manager of the tourist complex Vesela Hristova presented the activities within the project of restoration and conservation of the most significant archeological structures discovered so far in Aqua Kalide. The archeological area became social and became a space for leisure strollers, with directions on a large information billboard. The more interesting structures stood out with the decorative night lighting. Much of the findings that can be viewed on an electronic device in the tourist complex have been digitized. A National Conference was held, and its reports became part of Volume One, "Akve Kalide - the favorite baths of emperors, kings, and sultans." The book about Aqua Kalide is published in paper and in electronic form on the website of RIM-Bourgas.

The audience of the prestigious European Forum was intrigued to learn about the Aquae Calidae tourist complex and Burgas. The audience was impressed by the rich history of the place and the modern techniques used to present it to tourists. Many questions were asked regarding the cultural tourism site, its accessibility and whether it is part of the European Cultural itinerary. Interests were expressed for future partnerships in European cross-border projects.


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